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Accident: 655167 - Employees Die Of Asphyxia From Substance Abuse

Accident: 655167 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 11/20/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10732396612/05/19918731Mit Lincoln Laboratory
On November 20, 1991, Employees #1 and #2 stole a compressed gas cylinder of electronics grade nitrous oxide (approximately 98 percent) and transported it to the vehicle of Employee #1. They filled plastic garbage bags with the gas, placed the bags over their heads, and fell unconscious from the gas. They died of asphyxia.
Keywords: head, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, compressed gas, inhalation, nitrous oxide, overexposure, horseplay
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107323966 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 107323966 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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